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Should I Have Surgery for Stenosis?

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Fri, Apr 25, 2014 @ 04:07 PM

stenosisIf you are suffering from spinal stenosis you know that you would do anything to free yourself from this pain. If you are asking yourself, "Should I have surgery for stenosis?" read on:

Spinal stenosis is the painful narrowing of the spinal cord in the lower back, which causes a great deal of pressure and pain in this area.  Symptoms of this painful condition include acute pain, as well as numbness, paraesthesia, and a loss of motor control.

Surgery for stenosis is called a lumbar laminectomy. This type of surgery, however, it not always the right treatment for stenosis.  Why? Because of the risks associated with it. The lumbar laminectomy has risks that include:

  • Nerve root damage of the spine.
  • Bowel and/or bladder incontinence.
  • Paralysis is extremely unusual, but it is a risk.  
  • Cerebrospinal fluid leak may occur during surgery if the dural sac is breached. In this case, a cerebrospinal fluid leak may occur. While this leak would not actually change the outcome of your surgery, you would be out of commission for an additional day. You would need to lie down for 24 hours in order to allow the leak to seal.
  • Infections can occur. While an infection is a problem that will usually and require additional surgery to get rid of it, along with a treatment plan of IV antibiotics, it can usually be managed and taken care of effectively.  However, it is a risk that you face with surgery of this type.
  • Bleeding is possible, but not common.
  • Postoperative instability. 

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Even if you believe this surgery to be 'minimally invasive' it is important to note that no surgery is without risks and that there are other treatments available to you, that do not involve surgery at all. So there are no risks to your health.

If you wish to avoid other health problems that could be caused by surgery, it is important to look at all the options for curing your spinal stenosis

Functional Disc Rehydration

If you are someone who is experiencing chronic back pain from stenosis, but would prefer not to go under the knife, you may want to look at the benefits of Functional Disc Rehydration™. This is the perfect way to eliminate pain and avoid surgery at the same time.

This non-surgical and drug-free procedure for the treatment of back pain has been successful in tens of thousands of patients.  The treatment reverses your back problems, allowing you to be pain free once again, giving you a healthy back!

The Illinois Back Institute performs Functional Disc Rehydration. This has helped many different kinds of patients eliminate back pain. This includes everyone from pro athletes to little children, even those who have already undergone back surgery but who are still experiencing pain.

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Topics: spine, spinal stenosis, spinal stenosis treatment, spinal surgery, stenosis, surgery, failed back syndrome, Risks of Back Surgery